Maharashtra is set to get a new Advocate General, as the State Cabinet headed by Chief Minister Eknath Shinde, has accepted the resignation of incumbent AG Ashutosh Kumbhakoni.
Kumbhakoni had tendered his resignation after former Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray quit the office of Chief Minister on June 30.
However, his resignation was kept pending for consideration. The Eknath Shinde-led government decided to keep Kumbhakoni’s resignation in abeyance till December 31, 2022.
Hence, the earlier notification of December, 2019 appointing Kumbhakoni as AG continued to remain in force and Kumbhakoni remained the Advocate General of the state.
The incumbent AG was appointed by the Devendra Fadnavis-led BJP government on June 7, 2017.
After the regime changed in December 2019, Kumbhakoni retained his post.
He continued working as AG during the coalition government of Shiv Sena, Nationalist Congress Party and Indian National Congress, led by Uddhav Thackeray.
Kumbhkoni’s tenure as the Advocate General is the third longest after H.M. Seervai (17 years) and Ravi Kadam (7 years).